Feb 28, 2018
Jan 28, 2018
Delivered, as promised.
Art and tracklist/descriptions included in the Download, but also above and below.
January 27th, 2018.
Welcome to the debut Warthog Speak Digital Mix Tape. My intention here is to mend the voids that segregate all planes of the sonic cosmos. A peace offering of noise, so to speak. Enjoy.
00:00 J.BRIGGS – “Day 2” ---- Figured I’d open this with a “collage” by yours-truly. Nothing more to say about that.
02:11 FLURIN GIGER – “I Think I Should Stop to Talk” ---- I know zilch about this. I distro'd a couple copies of the soundtrack to the Swiss movie that involves punk, Lasst die Alten Sterben and it opens with this track. The chemical effect it had on my head was instantly addictive. On first listen I started the track over after a just few seconds to absorb it all again. A beautiful quick toon that reaches its goal after only consisting of one verse and one chorus. Is it new? Is it old? No idea. A poppy punked-out version of the song closes the album to contrast this opener.
04:07 SKYLON – “Skylon” ---- From what I can gather, this is the only song recorded by this group that included a pre-LUSH / JESUS AND MARY CHAIN Philip King, Roxanne New, and OUTSIDERS / THE SOUND's Adrian Borland, as well as THE SOUND's Graham (Green) Bailey all the way back in 1981. Another song that hooked me immediately with it’s mood. This single was only released by Captured Tracks for RSD in 2014.
07:44 RANK / XEROX – “Zero Hour” ---- R/X is a treasure of a band, musically and as people, and their exodus — along with basically their entire peer group — from the Bay Area left a void that may never be filled (to repeat, as a band and as people). I was so pumped when I heard that there was a new record in 2017. Hopefully there will be more down the line?
10:14 TRISOMIE 21 – “See the Devil in Me” ---- Dark Entries recently blessed our planet with reissues of four records by this prolific wave-o / post-p powerhouse from northern France. Again, I know little about them. Bought all of the reissues but I'm still stuck on the magical first LP, Les Reos des Enfants Heureux, from which this killer track comes calling, and have yet to venture into the rest. And that is a great thing.
14:32 COMET GAIN – “Daydream Scars” ---- Granted, they have a pretty extensive and slightly varied catalog, but when CG are on, they are untouchable. To me the entirety of this album, City Fallen Leaves, is a pinnacle of the style.
17:38 AMYL & THE SNIFFERS – “Mandalay” ---- This track is a masterpiece. The fuckin’ sass is untouchable, the hooks undeniable, and the delivery uncivilized. It feels like a bunch of mongrels that you don't know, mostly women, just showed up to your party, hell bent on having a good time, whether or not they wreck your house, and there's nothing you can do about it but throw yourself headlong into the madness and smash up the sheetrock. Yet it's a love song? I can’t wait til these Aussies hit the coast of California. I think the line, "...and when you go, I'll be facing you, right behind the hearse," might be my current favorite lyric.
19:12 BOOJI BOYS – “Highest Guy (in the HRM)” ---- Dear MARKED MEN fans, time to re-focus your energy here, in Nova Scotia. Very proud of what this lot have done and all the great things they will do this year.
21:15 PUBLIC TRUST – “Everyone Smokes in East Boston” ---- The now's auditory senator of fascist-trash mutant-fashion factions a'likened to UNNATURAL AXE, THE MAD, MENTALLY ILL and the like. Ban hit it out of the park with this EP.
23:10 FOGNA – “Merda come L’oro”
FOGNA – “Insomnia” ---- Thee only moderne band that can hold a candle to the heavyweight Italian classics of the '80s. Who gives an eff about the drum machine. This shit rips.
26:58 DUM DUM BOYS – “Stalking the Streets” ---- New Zealand punk from 1981. The whole of Let there be Noise is cool.
29:21 LION’S SHARE – “Cyber Worlds” ---- St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada stepping up.
31:35 DEATH WISH KIDS – “Hood” ---- There are plenty of ‘90s hardcore and punk bands that I obsess over, but maybe only one, that I think more about than DEATH WISH KIDS. I have listened to this 7” thousands of times, and I will listen thousands more. There isn’t a single second of it that isn’t perfect. Goddamn do I wish I could have seen them.
32:46 U-NIX – “Vapidity” ---- i like this 7" from these Portland hardcore upstarts.
34:02 NARCOLEPTICS – “Noxious Thoughts”
NARCOLEPTICS – “Answer” ---- The first two tracks on the upcoming third NARCS’ 7”. I can’t wait til more people hear this whole thing. Their most punishing outing yet. It’s a gol’dang monster of a 7”
37:38 ITANSHA – (I forget which song this is) ---- This recording that Daiki made all by himself is incredible.
38:40 ALIENATION – “Dad Body” ---- A band that checks all the boxes for me.
40:04 NOSFERATU – “Spectator” ---- Straight up I think these Texans are the best band in hardcore. Can’t wait to see what happens.
40:40 GAME – “Rzad I Osiol” ---- Killer flexi from members of ARMS RACE and CAREER SUICIDE / MAD MEN. A stone rager to the bone.
41:54 FIT FOR ABUSE – "Obsession" ---- Whether you're talking the late '90s or now, my favorite band of all time and probably the only group I obsess over harder than DEATH WISH KIDS. FFA at their most "LIFE'S BLOOD," for certain. An epic track. #TCHCismy1stluv
44:11 FUERZA BRUTA – "Nación Dividida" ---- One of 2017's top toons. Verdugo is an intense record. Like no other. Stoked that Warthog Speak will be releasing the 7" follow up to this intrepid predator of a record. It's an important one. I promise.
46:34 CHATTERBOX – "Forgotten Heroes" ---- Cool A-side of Swedish punk from 1980.
50:02 MICHAEL BEACH – "Vision of Modern Love" ---- Favorite song from one of my favorite records of the last several years.
Jan 27, 2018
Hi, still waiting on art for the NARCOLEPTICS 3rd 7" but have the vinyl in hand. Hopefully soon.
Awaiting tests for the next three WS releases:
HEALER / DJ EONS - split 7"
ALIENATION – "Bitter Reality" 7"
BOUND - 7" (2 unreleased tracks from the 7" session and a comp track. The DL will also have a complete remix of the original 7" tracks as well)
Teaser tracks to these will be posted soon.
I guess I can now announce that I'll be doing a 7" for Chicago's FUERZA BRUTA. Their "Verdugo" record was my favorite 12" of 2017, so when I was asked last week to release the follow up to it, I was beyone stoked to say "yessss pleeeeze and thank you for thinking of me!" Two of the tracks are recorded and will be on a super limited lathe cut for FB's East Coast and European shows this spring, and a third song for it will be recorded upon return from tour. Have a listen:
Ian also recently did this interview with American Oi! about FUERZA BRUTA and his label, Foreign Legion.
I also wanted to extend a huge congrats to WS fam, PRIMAL RITE on the release of their debut LP, "Dirge of Escapism" on Rev. I've been really stoked on every step of progression of this group from YADOKAI, to SCALPED, to the earliest stages of PRIMAL RITE, through to this fully realized beheamoth of singularity*. Highest levels of pride emittded towards Max, Lucy, Jeremy, Jason, Fred, and Jake for this one. A couple interviews came out in the last few days that are worth your time as well.
And finally, I will be posting a "digital mix tape" here some time in the next couple days, in lieu of trying to do a "podcast," or "radio show," and it's hopefully something I plan to do on the regular.
Oh yeah, how could I forget that I was finally able to pry copies of the STRESSORS "Skin Trap" 7" from the band's clutches and they are available in the distro. This thing has been out for like two years but pretty sure that no one has seen or heard it. (The record sounds killer! Despite the audio on this Bandcamp link)
Thanks for reading. Peace.
* a point at which a function takes an infinite value, especially in space-time when matter is infinitely dense, as at the center of a black hole.
Aug 8, 2017
Here’s what’s on the horizon this Fall for WS…
ITANSHA – Paranoia Demo 7” (WS028)
This record has a track that repeats the same “part” about 368 times by my count, has no vocals, and advances on six minutes in length like some kind of fucked up D-beat dub edit that wields confusion as a hammer and tricks you into pounding your fist in the air, in opposing sway to your swelling, banging head. That should be all you needed to hear but just in case... ITANSHA was a one-and-done project envisaged and carried out entirely by Daiki Kusuhara (MORPHEME, VACCUUM, HEAT, CRIME DESIRE, YADOKAI) employing all instruments and vocals. Seven cuts of raw, globe-trotting hardcore punk like a nice middle ground between the cacophonic mania of noisy Japanese hardcore of the ’80s, and the dense, humid desperation of brawny Mexican and South American raw hardcore. Originally released on cassette in 2012 by Life Sucker.
Have a listen here:
...but I only posted it for streaming purposes. If you’d like to purchase a download, do so at the Life Sucker Bandcamp, since they were first.
LION’S SHARE – Self-Titled 7” (WS029)
Warthog Speak’s union with the Eastern provinces of Canada continues… Not unlike our homies in FATIGUE, St. John’s, Newfoundland’s LION'S SHARE bestrides the pickets of Hardcore and Oi! in a lock-step, inimical porridge of chiming, martial hymns of social combat, that are as aggressive as they are catchy and melodic.
You can listen and download it here, via the band:
Purchase the cassette version here.
You should also listen to their incredible first demo while you’re at it:
NARCOLEPTICS - 3rd 7” (WS030)
Who would have ever thought that the NARCS could top their first two EPs, but the wild, violent barrage of this third one buries that thought right quick. The catchy, pounding power of the second salvo, “Answer,” in particular is worth mentioning, but the totality of this 7” is nothing short of sickening, sonic war, and when you’re loaded with one of the most bombastic drummers in the game, the results are primed for mutually assured destruction.
Here’s a sample track:
The first 7" is long gone, but if you have yet to cop the second one, I’m rolling low on that too, so now's your chance: http://warthogspeak.bigcartel.com/product/narcoleptics-second-ep
Followed shortly by:
And someday I will finish my tribute zine to the greatest modern hardcore band to do it. (I still only have just one single, solitary page to finish out of 48)
Mar 30, 2017
This is a really profound and personal moment for me, as a record label, and more importantly as a zit-covered teenage goober from North-Central Massachusetts. Because today I get to announce the release of not one, but two records for the band that played the biggest role in my initial exposure to good hardcore, and basically set in motion a sonic obsession leading to the path that my whole life would follow for the twenty five or so years (and counting) to come. So on that note...
Painkiller and Warthog Speak have teamed up to bring you two EP's worth of the finest hardcore that Massachusetts has had to offer in the past 20 years. Fit For Abuse released just one 12-track EP in 1996, then recorded sporadically between 1998 and 2003, splitting time with a couple of different singers, and yielding a grand total of 4 released tracks. These two records compile 13 unreleased tracks from 1996-1998 that represent all of their unreleased material.
Feb 3, 2017
I will be brief.
Test are in for both FIT FOR ABUSE EPs and the FATIGUE Scab EP. Posted up some FFA teasers, that you've most likely already heard. Boom...
And here's that newest FATIGUE track again:
That's all for now.
Dec 4, 2016
Posted up a track to the upcoming, 3rd FATIGUE 7" on the bandcamp. Have a listen:
Record out late Winter/early 2017 on Warthog Speak.
Nov 24, 2016
I dropped the prices on 98.5% of the shit on my webstore. Basically everything except the newest Nada Nada releases is now cheaper, including a ton of shit brought down to $1.00 (or even less). I need to clear some space in my house.
Use the code: 2016SUCKS for an additional discount of 10% for orders over $50.00 from now until the new year.
(My appologies to any labels / band that I may be undercutting. I need this shit gone.)
Oct 18, 2016
So it sounds like everyone had a killer time at Not Dead Yet. That rules. Hopefully some day I'm allowed to leave the country. Maybe next year. There's just a couple things I wanted to mention and then ya'll can be on your way.
First up, there are two new reissues from the good Brazilian bastardos at NADA NADA DISCOS that are once again exclusively distributed by Warthog Speak, so hit me up if you want wholesale for your store.
OS REPLICANTES - Compacto EP (NADA043)
Replicantes is probably the most famous punk rock (not hardcore) band from Brazil, their three first LPs were release by major labels, but before that in 1984 they recorded a very rare, self-released 7" on their own label, Vortex. On the 7" you can hear much more raw versions of songs that became classics on their first LPs, "Surfista Calhorda" and "O Futuro é Vortex," and two other songs that were never rerecorded. This reissue was remastered from the original tapes and comes with an extra 16-page booklet full of info, flyers, text and photos by Rochelle Costi, a great brazilian artist that made the artwork for the 7".
3D - Vortex #1 EP (NADA044)
Three girls from the South of Brazil, that never touched an instrument entered the studio and made a few songs, than invited a friend that's a classical acoustic guitar player to join the band and the result is the punkest thing that ever came out of Porto Alegre. The music is punk rock, but you can hear post-punk, hardcore, and even a bit of UK DIY. It is completely great! This 11 songs are the first band recording, from Vortex Studios and was released as a split tape with THE COBAIAS in 1988.
Next up from NND is a 7" from GATTOPARDO, following up their LP from 2014..
I was pretty stoked to hear that the evil genius Luke Reich, the toxic mind behind Mutopia Toys made a fucking figure of the NARCOLEPTICS goblin!!!
They're hand molded and hand painted, which is why they're $25.00 ea, but there are only 25 made and cool as fuck. You can buy em here.
In case you forgot how good that band is...
So since Painkiller made the announcement last week, I'm pumped to finally be able to say that the next Warthog Speak release will be a 7" of the 5 missing tracks from the FIT FOR ABUSE Mindless Violence 7", now that the DAT has finally been returned to its spiritual home in Massachusetts and it will be a co-release with Painkiller. I couldn't possiblty be more excited than I already am that I get to release a record by my all-time favorite band, recorded in their prime, except for the fact that it will be followed up shortly after by another FIT FOR ABUSE 7"!!!! The second one—also in conjunction with the buddy-ole-pals at Painkiller—is all eight tracks from the Psycho Ray session. More on all this when ready but now you can go change your diggies.
Finally, I added a bunch of stuff to the webstore, like more SCALPED - II EPs, DEATHLY cassettes, BLAZING EYE - Ways to Die EPs, NO STATIK - Earhammer Soundsystem LPs, COMMANDO 7"s, the previously mentioned NADA NADA releases, PMS 84 second 7", and PRIMAL RITE - Complex Life of Passion 7"s.
See you fucks at the bar.
FIT FOR ABUSE - Lost Tracks 7"
FATIGUE - 3rd 7"
FIT FOR ABUSE - Psycho Ray Sessions 7".
Sep 15, 2016
Not a whole hell of a lot to report right at this time. Pumped the brakes, laying low, re-calibrating my bearings, and watching football while I prepare Warthog Speak for some epic releases for the end of 2016 - beginning of 2017. Gonna also finish up this stupid DEATHREAT zine that I've been threatening for a while now.
Got a couple good reviews from the MRR-o-sphere:
THE POSE – "Dig an Endless Grave" EP
I loved BACK TO BACK both live and on record, and can definitely hear the member involvement in this new band, which trades in abrasive mosh for fast and stompy hardcore. These four songs are burly yet catchy pit-worthy bangers that are characterized by harsh, gunting vocals and a great thick guitar sound, all wrapped in an ambient cloak of reverb. From the opening cough to the closeing fadeout, it flows unusually well for an EP. The opening riff to "Pride" may very well make an upcoming appearance on my list of year-end top ten riffs.
ALIENATION – "2016" EP
Mind = blown. The 12" was good, but the unrelenting powerof these eleven tracks is fukkn unparalleled. Piercing maximum speed hardcore teetering on complete collapse from the first burst...and then they drop that tupa-tupa for just a few seconds and if you're not moshing, then you're posing. Vocals echoed on forever, a production that's somewhere between Finland '82 and feisty garage punk... and riffs. I cannot emphasis this enough: ALIENATION got fukkn riffs for days. These Nova Scotia freaks just drop banger after banger, not even human. A mandatory get if you like your hardcore fast and weird.
Speaking of ALIENATION, they've added the dude, Dave Brown, on drums. Besides playing in Career Suicide, Dave made one of my favorite recordings of the modern era with the DEAF MUTATIONS demo / demo 7". Let's hope he eventually mades more DM tracks...
I'm down to less than ten copies of the PRIMAL RITE 7" and it won't be repressed (by me, at least), so grab those now if you intend to. I'm also down to less than twenty copies each of ALIENATION 7"s and LPs.
Have been toning it back on the distro front too but added a few things recently, like the domestic press of the newest BLAZING EYE 7", restocked the B-SQUADRON and second SCALPED 7"s, and the THANKLESS GRAFT (continuation of LAST CRUSADE) 7".
Here are a couple of KILLER new thangs that I've heard recently:
Here's some video from the only show HÜVÜDTVATT ever played. Sickest band.
and here's a funny homemade promo video for their Disinfection EP...